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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wedneidoy, November 8, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 39 For Grande Prairie, pulp mill is welcome, benevolent parasite By KEN POLE GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alia. (CP) An pulp mill Is sprouting in the dense bush of northwestern Alberta, a benevolent parasite which will begin feeding early next year. It is expected to pro- duce major economic benefits for what has been a slow-de- veloping part of the province. The mill is eight miles southeast of here on the flat- land above the north slope of the picturesque Wapiti River valley and is Procter and Gamble Co. Ud.'s first ven- ture of this type in Canada. The Cincinnati-based com- pany has plants in Toronto, Hamilton and Pointe Claire, Que., but these manufacture mainly food and toilet prod- ucts. A new subsidiary, Procter and Gamble Cellulose Ltd., was incorporated to run the mill. Now in the final stages of construction and scheduled to begin production next sum- mer, it will infuse some million annually into the re- gion's economy, most of it in Grande Prairie. About mil- lion of this will be in salaries, the rest in goods and services. Company spokesman Eric Jerrard said the city's popula- tion has increased to more than from in 1971 attributable to the development of the mill. Construction began in May, 1971. ELIGIBLE FOR GRANT The mill's product will be a high-quality bleached kraft pulp, a white cellulose fibre which still is considered a raw material when it is sold to manufacturers of paper prod- ucts all over the world. The main byproduct of the plant wili be turpentine. Annual production is projected as more than tons. Procter and Gamble's tim- ber rights cover about square miles or acres. The mill site itself, includ- ing log storage and pollution- control lagoons, is 320 acres. Mr. Jerrard, the city's in- dustrial co-ordination director and Chamber of Commerce manager before he joined Procter and Gamble, said there werj three reasons for choosing Grande Prairie as the site of the mill although it is 240 miles northwest of Ed- monton. "No. I was the federal in- centive, No. 2 was the proxim- ity of the Alberta Resources Railway and No. 3 was the at- titude of the city and county of Grande Prairie." Because the city is'in a spe- cially-designated area, Proc- ter and Gamble was eligible for a federal grant of mil- lion, based on the number of jobs the mill is expected to provide. "We don't get it, of course, until we've been in production for three Mr. Jerrard said. And, he added. Ottawa will recoup the grant through in- come taxes, corporate and personal, when the mill is pro- ducing. "The whole idea was to cre- ate jobs for people; it's done it." 350 TO RUN MILL Almost persons are employed during construction for a monthly payroll of about million. About 350 workers will be needed to run the mill during production and Mr. Jerrard said it's hard to estimate how many other jobs will be cre- ated in the secondary indus- tries. Another 350 to 400 men will be employed in the wood- lands division, harvesting the logs for consumption by the mill. Coincidentally, the lion federal grant corresponds to the amount being spent on pollution control at the mill. "Procter and Gamble al- ways has been conscious of t h e environmental controls that have to go into a mill of this said Mr. Jer- rard, explaining that there be any of the rotten- eggs smell prevalent in most pulp mill towns. Also, water taken from the Wapiti will be as clean when it is returned to the river. "There are new laws, both provincial and federal, by which we have to abide. It's a very important aspect; we're going to be here for a long time and there's no way we want to upset the environ- ment. "We will have a 99.95-per- cent odor-free mill." The clean water will be due to an intricate system of waste and water clarifiers, a water-treatment plant and 80 acres of lagoons where the ef- fluent has the oxygen restored before it's returned to the river. As a back-up check, there will be monitoring stations in the river up to 20 miles down- stream and dotted on the landscape up to 20 miles away to sample the air. The company's environmen- tal policy is continued in the forestry management field; five acres will be reforested for every four harvested. It's expected to improve the rec- reational value of the land by clearing out dense under- brush, reforesting burntrover areas and encouraging wild- life. Mr. Jerrard said 95 to 98 per cent of the mill's staff will be Canadian. Engineering and forestry graduates from sev- eral western Canadian univer- sities already have been hired ar.d are getting on-the-job training at other Procter and Gamble plants, mainly at the company's large pulp mill in Florida. Dayan to visit JERUSALEM (AP) De- fence Minister Moshe Dayan will visit the United States this month and meet State Secre- tary William P. Rogers and Pentagon officials, government sources said here. Hie offi- cial reason for the visit, which will last several days, is an iiv vitation from Jewish fund rai- sers to be guest of honor at banquets they are holding, the sources said. SIMPSONS SEARS SPORTS CENTRE WHERETHENEW IDEASARE Men's Down Insulated Sports Jacket Reg. 34 .99 The outer shell is made of nylon and cotton and has a corduroy collar. Parka type hood. 2 side pockets and 2 slant pockets. Drop flap for sitting on damp ground. Colors of red, and tan. Sizes S.M.I.XL. Men's Insulated Coats FORTREL. Reg. DOWN. Reg. 29" 49" Beoutifully designed for comfort and service- ability for all types of wear. Outer shell of nylom and cotton. Action shoulders. Toggle riproof army type button closure. Sheep fur trimmed hood. Olive green, red, tan. S.M.l.XL. Hunting Glove Genuine cowhide glove is insulated with ther- mal foam insulation. QQ Forefinger opens m in right hand. I Hunting Mitt Palms of water repellent top groin cowhide. Opening for trigger finger of right mitt. Electric Sock Operates on 1 "D" coll battery (not Perfect for hunter, skater find spectators at outdoor uports. 11" Winchester Super X 12 guogc inch, rifled 7n or. slug load. Ideal doer and varmint load. ,49 Quality Cosls No More at Simpsons-Scars ITOM HOURS: Polly a.m. lo p.m. Thurtdoy an4 Friday n.m. te p.m. C.nlw Vlllag.. T.l.phon. JM-9131 THE BIG HOLE Situated in Kimberly, South Africa is the largest crater ever made by man. Known at the Big Hole, it is a mile wide and feet deep and when in operation yielded 14.5 million carols of diamonds. It is now a dead mine and half-full of water. 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